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Exhibition stories: special visitors

Exhibitions are about connecting with people, and about visitors being able to connect with your art. Last weekend I took part in the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists popup exhibition just outside Cambridge. It’s always a very social event. Despite pretty intense heat on Saturday, this weekend was no different. We had delightful visitors. One […]

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Thu, 04 Jul 2019 12:59:49 +0000


Lim Cheng Hoe: Paintings of Singapore

On our way back home from Australia I discovered  paintings of Singapore by Lim Cheng Hoe (1912 – 1979) at the National Gallery.  His watercolours are captivating. They have a sense of confidence and spontaneity that is the sign of a true watercolourist. I love finding the work of an artist I wasn’t aware of […]

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Sun, 23 Jun 2019 14:38:17 +0000


Red Earth Colours

Earth colours are appearing in my paintings. What I mean is red earth colours. Not the loamy dark browns of the northern hemisphere. I am drawn to the sight of red earth. It’s a throwback to a childhood in Southern Africa. The familiar rich red colour of the earth always makes me feel at home.  […]

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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 04:41:17 +0000


Talking about abstract art

How do you respond when someone looks at a piece of abstract art and says, ‘But what is it?’ Or ‘What’s it meant to be?’ Or even, ‘I don’t understand it’?  I’m sure we’ve all been there. I had this conversation last week after having a second day of working with Glenda Charles. I’m really […]

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 11:58:31 +0000


Five ways of using Pinterest to enhance your art practice

Should you be using Pinterest as a serious tool for your art practice? If you don’t already do so, here are a few ideas you may like. For years I was aware of Pinterest but just didn’t get it. The people I knew who were Pinteresters were in the midst of planning weddings and finding […]

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Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:09:11 +0000


Watercolour of the mother of mountains

This little watercolour of the mother of mountains was inspired by two sunset visits to points overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. The sky ranges from purple through all the pinks to coral colours and the forested area around the mountains creates a darker bed from which the peaks emerge. The last light warms the west-facing side […]

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Fri, 24 May 2019 12:31:43 +0000


Spirituality and the art process

Spirituality and the art process – what does that mean to you? When Glenda Charles sent me her workshop list with this topic, I was intrigued but didn’t really know what to expect.  Her workshop description included this text: “I find out everything about myself in that moment of making”. The musician, Nils Frahm said […]

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Tue, 21 May 2019 11:42:58 +0000


Storing watercolour paints: a studio hack

If you’ve been painting for any length of time, you may have accumulated a collection of tubes of paint and storing watercolour paints becomes an issue. We all know that, in theory we only need a dozen colours. We know it, but those darned colours are so seductive. I don’t know a single artist who […]

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Mon, 13 May 2019 01:14:53 +0000


Following the flow

Following the flow: Sometimes, life leads us to unexpected places; to people who influence our thinking; to events that inspire our creativity. We can either focus on the restrictions imposed by the rest of our lives, or we can try to take the opportunity that we’re being offered. I believe in grabbing the opportunity with […]

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Mon, 06 May 2019 13:58:25 +0000


In the Studio with the Royal Watercolour Society

This is a retrospective post about my visit to In The Studio, the exhibition by members of the Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery.

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Tue, 30 Apr 2019 22:53:31 +0000


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